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Top-seeded Rafael Nadal came up strongly after losing the second-set to beat Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic in three sets with a 6-2 3-6 6-3 scoreline and reached the semi-final of the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open. In the semi-final, Nadal will take on Roger Federer, who got a walkthrough in the quarterfinal, as Gilles Simon retired just after the completion of first three games of the match earlier in the day.
Nadal won the match in 2 hours and 18 minutes, as he fired 8 aces and mustered 69% points on his first serve. Berdych played well after losing the first set on the easy note, but committed a few errors in the penultimate eighth game of the final set and Nadal earned the break. Nadal held on to his serve in the next game and secured his berth in the semi-final.
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After 40 minutes of play, Nadal went one set up in the match. Well, the Spaniard poured the pressure from the beginning of the match, as he earned 75% points on his first serve and hammered 13 winners. Nadal played very well near the net to win 5 out of 5 net points. On the other hand, Berdych committed 8 ill-timed unforced errors to make it very easier for Nadal in the first set.
Berdych took the attack to the oppositon in the second-set and earned the equalizer after 51 minutes of play of the second-set. The Czech made quick in-roads into the second-set after breaking early and raced to a 3-0 lead and did not get broken throughout the second set to surge through. Berdych hammered 14 winners and earned 81% points on his first serve.
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